Questions that home-buyers ask

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Questions that home-buyers ask

When people are setting out to buy their first property, the questions they are likely to be asking most urgently are: 'How can I get a mortgage?' and 'How much can I borrow?' Sections 3 and 4 aim to answer these questions in as much detail as possible.

But a website such as this can only provide the most general answers. It is not a substitute for going to talk to your local building society or bank manager to find out the prospects for yourself.

Don't feel reluctant to do this -after all, it's their job to talk to you. There's no need to be particularly formal about it either: you may well find that all you need to do is present yourself at the building society counter and say 'I want to talk to someone about mortgages' although if you choose a particularly busy Saturday morning you might be asked to come back at some less hectic time.

There is a third question that you should be asking yourself at the same time as the first two. It is: 'What sort of mortgage should I get?' Santander has an excellent range of information on its website

This is a matter which, in my experience, is often glossed over by building societies and other types of financial adviser in a few sentences: 'Of course, a low-cost endowment mortgage will suit you best. It's more or less as cheap as the other and you'll have x thousand pounds for yourself at the end of the day' -or something of that sort.

But don't be rushed. Your mortgage is likely to be the biggest fact of your financial life for a long time to come: it can't necessarily be decided in five minutes. It's going to have relevance to all the other aspects of your finances -your savings, life assurance, future plans and possibly even your retirement. In Sections 5 to 8 we look at the different types of mortgage available so that you will be able to make a proper decision as to what suits you best.

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How our parents bought houses

The problem arose because this proportion changed every year, as the amount of capital in the monthly payments grew; it would have meant the building societies changing the 'net' payment required from borrowers every year.

The majority of them refused to do so, and instead instituted the 'constant net repayment' mortgage, which, as its name implies, involves constant net payments throughout the term of the loan.

This has the advantage of lightening the administrative load of the building societies although it has not been such good news for those borrowers typically first-time buyers are committing themselves to every last penny in the first few years of a mortgage.

The constant net repayment version is significantly more expensive in the early years than . . .... see: How our parents bought houses

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